Whilst Brokenwood are a Hunter Valley institution, they do reach further afield and in this example, off to South Australia’s McLaren Vale. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, American and French oak
Brokenwood Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, McLaren Vale, 2013
Love this nose: Vanilla creme, rolled cigar tobacco, soft mint, boysenberry, black currant and bushfire smoke. Open wide, don’t be afraid of the dark, take a drink. Notice how the fruit for the moment seems to be the shadow before the visceral body appears (wait…just wait, it’ll appear. Patience). Tannins are a lengthy sandy, gravel-edged rumble like a long roll of summer thunder. There’s only a hint of plump black pastille and smoke that this is McLaren Vale, the alchemists of the Brokenwood vintage Cru have majicked a handsome, fine expression of wine.
Wine sample courtesy of Brokenwood